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4 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains During the Rafting Off Season

November 27, 2018 September 22nd, 2020
Winter hiking in the Smokies is one of the best activities to enjoy

They say that time flies while you’re having fun, so to help pass the time until rafting season, enjoy some of the other exciting activities in the Smoky Mountains! The Smoky Mountains are full of fun things to do that will make your countdown to rafting season fly by. Here are 4 things to do in the Smoky Mountains during the rafting off season:

1. Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

winter-smoky-mountainsWith 850 miles of trails to explore, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to visit during the rafting off season! There are trails for every skill level, from families to expert hikers. One of the most popular trails to hike during the winter is the Alum Cave Trail. During the warmer months, water drips from the ledges above the bluffs. In the winter, those water droplets turn into gorgeous icicles. Another popular trail to hike during the winter is Rainbow Falls. During long periods of cold weather, an impressive ice formation can be seen around the falls. While you’re at the park, enjoy spectacular views of snow-covered mountaintops and be sure to bring a camera to capture the picture-perfect scenery!

2. Go Ziplining at CLIMB Works

If you don’t mind the cold weather, one of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains to pass time until you can go rafting is go ziplining! CLIMB Works offers their Mountaintop Zipline Tour year-round. On the Mountaintop Zipline Tour, you’ll ride higher than ever before on their 6 dual lines that allow you to zip beside a friend! During the 2-hour tour, you’ll cross 4 aerial bridges, enjoy an ATV ride up the mountain, and see panoramic mountain views. It’s one of the best ways to take in the winter scenery in the Smoky Mountains!

3. Enjoy Smoky Mountain Winterfest

Light display at Smoky Mountain WinterfestCelebrate the holiday season in the Smokies with Smoky Mountain Winterfest! Time is sure to fly while you’re experiencing all the Christmas fun the area has to offer. During Winterfest, there are more than 15 million lights throughout the area. You can drive through town and take in all the dazzling Christmas light displays from the comfort of your car! You can also visit Dollywood to witness an award-winning Christmas festival, Smoky Mountain Christmas. The festival includes 5 million twinkling lights, holiday shows, a parade, and more. For some fun in the snow, visit Ober Gatlinburg! Hit the slopes for hours of tubing, skiing, and snowboarding adventures.

4. Plan Your Rafting Trip

It’s never too early to plan your white water rafting trip. We have rafting trips available as early as March! From March through April, we have Natural Flow trips available that offer an unpredictable and fun rafting experience. Once the official rafting season begins, you can go for a thrilling adventure on the Upper Pigeon River, or a scenic float on the Lower Pigeon River! Use the off season to spend some time deciding when you want to visit us at Smoky Mountain Outdoors and what trip is right for you and your group. As a bonus, if you book your 2019 trip early, you’ll save 30% on your trip!

When you enjoy all these things to do in the Smoky Mountains during the rafting off season, your white water rafting adventure will be here in no time! In the meantime, learn more about our rafting trips. We look forward to seeing you next rafting season!